Saturday, October 31, 2015

Perfunctory Stab At Zomtober (Part the Second)

Remember this fellow?


That's the Reaper Bones Lich I painted up for Frostgrave. Well, I tried my hand at a spot of snowy basing, and I think he's come up OK - just mixed equal volumes PVA Glue and Bicarbonate of Soda, and piled it on to the base. I waited for it to set, then gave it an undercoat of GW Ice Blue before dry-brushing layers of white over the top and finishing with a couple of layers of gloss varnish. I think the Christmas Lich (aka Father Lichmas, Santa Claws, etc) now looks suitably wintry, and yet somehow festive...

Obviously, in view of the season, he'll need some suitably necrotic minions to assist him in his nefarious activities, so at last, here's my first proper go for Zomtober (Ghouls don't count!); actual zombie figs. Pity I only got around to assembling them just today...


And yes, I did what I said I probably wouldn't do; I cut away the bases of three of Mantic's excellent Kings of War Zombies, and stuck them onto the Secret Weapon 'Corpse Field' themed resin bases. They were such nice figs, I thought I'd give them a suitably icky base. While excising them from their bases, I managed to keep the damage fairly low, only destroying one set of zombie legs in the process, but the ones above turned out OK, even if I say so myself. They're certainly much more animated than GW's take on the zombie, and I will hopefully slap some paint on these bad boys this weekend just to muck about with colour schemes and see what works.

Stay tuned!

Ev

14 comments :

  1. Love your snowy basing, good job, and great looking lich...waiting for colors on its new friends!

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    1. Thanks Phil! I might be able to get to grips with them tomorrow...

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  2. Those zombies are really great poses

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    1. Thanks Martin, those Mantic zombies do lend themselves to some dynamic poses - en masse, they'll really convey the idea of a surging horde of undead!

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  3. Bravo Sir, loving the snow effect too.

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    1. Thank you, Mr Awdry! I hope to duplicate that basing scheme across the entire horde (though not so much that it obscures the wonderfully gruesome detail on the Secret Weapon bases!).

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  4. Ah.... the super-fast 28 Days variety zombies eh? Richard Briers would stand no chance (especially since he's more likely to be a chaser than a chasee these days!)

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    1. I'm sure Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal would be able to organise a spirited defence of their self-sufficiency plot in Surbiton in the event of a zombie apocalypse - they have a methane gas plant, remember. That's got be good for a flame thrower!
      ; )

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  5. That snow base on your Lich has turned out very well indeed, and I'm looking forward to seeing how your "Secret Weapon" bases look following a lick of paint. Been tempted for ages to get some themed bases but have yet to take the plunge. Many thanks for the "Frostgrave" Zombies too - they've arrived safe and well :-)

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    1. Thanks Blaxkleric! I've just undercoated them, so I'll have to find a colour scheme to show them to best advantage.

      Glad to hear that your own personal undead horde arrived safe and sound!

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  6. The Lich turned out really well! I do like those zombie poses. I think you made a great choice there.

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    1. Thanks Rodney, let's just say that there's no buyers' remorse here!

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